Molly Ivins was prescient in 1994 when she wrote this. Now our politicians less and less frequently treat each other as colleagues across the aisle or even as political opponents. Rather they treat opponents and their supporters as "enemies." This is as true in state legislatures as it is in Congress, if not more so.
Perhaps the "stir of alertness" now needs to be not so quiet. Politicians and media pundits need to be challenged when they characterize Americans with views different from theirs as "enemies."
~ Worley Dervish